Community Supported Agriculture

Treasured Haven Farm is home to Pete, Peg, our two sons, Zach and Ike, our three daughters
and their families when they come home to visit, our dog Boomer, a few cats, some cows,
sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, turkeys, and of course, all our Friends!

We live and work on our family farm, and the CSA is the main operation that sustains and
protects this wonderful corner of the beautiful countryside for our family and yours. To sum up
our commitment to our CSA Members is this: we view your CSA membership as an investment
in, or as a loan to the farm, an obligation that we are responsible to repay through your CSA
deliveries and other bonuses. Our obligation to you is not complete and we do not fully earn
your dollars until that final box of the season has been delivered. We will work tirelessly to that
goal!

We are grateful for your consideration of being allowed the honor to grow the wholesome food
for your family.

Some things that make Treasured Haven Farm CSA special and unique:

- BEYOND ORGANIC, Philosophical Organic beyond Certified Organic:
We grow only with the utmost care and attention to providing safe food for our family and yours.
The farm is officially Certified Organic for veggies and additional crops like organic corn,
sunflower seed, oats, and potatoes. We now certify all possible acres organic, including our
woodlands, so there is no confusion. We have taken a step further and are also a Certified
Organic Food Handler and are licensed and inspected by the State of Minnesota Dept of Ag.

However, we do not believe that certification goes far enough, nor should some things that are
deemed allowable for use and for certification be allowed. There is "Certified Organic" that
follows those government mandates that favor corporate organic and then there is
"Philosophical Organic" where the entire philosophy of growing is based on enhancing the life
of the soils and growing nutrient dense foods. People should rely on personally knowing their
food source, not just being satisfied with a word on the package. We have used "green",
"alternative", and other natural growing methods long before it was "cool" starting way back
shortly after we started farming in the early and mid 80's.

We have our own buffer zones that make our gardens and crops safely nestled in a safe zone
within our 452 acres, away from any neighboring landowners or any possible contaminants, and
we are blessed that many of our neighbors are either farming organically or renting their fields
to us as well. We have no hesitation to reach down and grab a handful of lettuce, some
spinach, a carrot, radishes, or fresh green onions and eat a salad on the go while on the walks
through the gardens.

We grow how You, our CSA Members, want us to, which is more important to us than some
outside regulator. We invest our money in growing great tasting healthy crops for you.

- CSA MEMBERS are OUR PRIORITY, then DONATIONS:
You also can rest assured that our CSA Members get all, and the best, of what we grow as we
do not sell your produce to other markets. If we just have way too much beyond what our
members can utilize, in those cases we believe in donating the extras to foodshelves or those in
need. We view foodbanks as a mission we should support and not a profit center for selling
produce, so we will only donate and do not make any income selling to food bank programs,
that just ain't right! We do offer a Helping Hand Share in which members can become involved
in this mission by helping the farm cover
some of the costs of harvest and delivery for any donated produce either to foodshelves or
families in crisis and with your support we can help more families each season by growing more
extras solely for that purpose.

We only may sell what we grow specifically as extras of some crops such as melons, potatoes,
squash, and pumpkins to have available on the farm for others in the community, but we will dip
into these extra plantings if needed to meet the needs of the CSA first and forego selling any of
those if needed. Our sons may also custom grow their own crop or two for a specialty market.
We also may grow some select crops for a new shorter term "Juicing Share".


- PASSION for SAFE FOOD:
We believe in handling your produce with the utmost concern for food safety, and although not
required, we do hold a food handlers license so you can be assured we follow the strictest
guidelines.

Our family has had the misfortune of experiencing the trauma of food borne illness and
understand those risks. We lived through the horror when our son, Zach, in 1990 at the age of
14 months, contracted Ecoli from the juice on a bun from a rare trip to a fast food restaurant
drive-thru that was supposed to be a "treat" for the kids... He suffered complete kidney failure
from HUS, deathly high blood pressure, severe trauma to his little body, and a month in
intensive care... He was blessed to survive but had a long road to recovery and a looming
threat for the potential for complete kidney failure at some point in the future. Today he is
passionate that everyone should not have to worry that food will make them, or their children,
sick!

- PASSION for a SAFE WORLD:
We know first hand of the dangers of toxic chemicals, and even those that are deemed "safe".
In 1996, at the age of 34, as a mother of five children ranging in age from 12 down to just 2
years old, Peg was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma that left her incapacitated and
desperate to find the "incurable" cure or face death within five years. Her illness was speculated
to originate from the exposure to chemical and herbicide residue when she was a young child
playing in the sand where her dad would rinse out the crop sprayer tanks. Chemicals that at
that time were considered "safe enough to drink." Her specific diagnosis was made difficult and
questioned as she did not fit the profile of the usual patient presenting with this particular
illness...a 60-70 man with rural background concentrating in the plains states... hmmm?... but
the Mayo Clinic finally was able to pinpoint the diagnosis of this rare cancer cell type. With little
promise of any traditional treatment options, Peg set sail on a journey to not only find her own
health, but one that would instill a passion that EVERYONE deserves a healthy life with access
to good, clean food without the fear of chemicals, and that wholesome beyond organic food is
the norm, not the exception! She never wants another mother desperately seeking health to feel
guilty eating organic food but not afford to buy the same for the rest of her family.

The entire family also strongly believes in the power of our own thoughts, meditation,
visualization, and prayer, and that no one should be left alone to feel powerless or on an island
of hopelessness. A diet of healthy food plays an important part in helping handle the stresses of
our modern day world.

- PASSION for FARMING and the EARTH: We believe that farming is more than a profession,
but is a calling that requires us to be conscientious stewards of the soil and of our corner of the
earth. Only through sustainable and conscious living can we guarantee a safe environment for
our children and grandchildren. At Treasured Haven Farm, we believe in farming in an
environmentally responsible manner and living in a holistic harmony with nature. We are
farmers who grow what is healthy, not just what is easy! All our crops are either Certified
Organic or Naturally Grown, whether it is the hay in the fields or the fresh veggies in the
garden. We use no chemicals, pesticides, commercial petroleum based fertilizers, or
preservatives on any of our crops and follow the most natural farming practices, even beyond
organics.

- With our CSA, you can join a farm that is actually close enough to visit as we are less
than an hour north of the Twin Cities Metro. We are located in East Central Minnesota near
Rush City, within five miles of I-35 between the Rush City and Rock Creek (Hwy. 70) exits. The
beautiful St. Croix Scenic Riverway is just a couple miles away with its wonderful trails and boat
landings in Northern Chisago County. Visiting our farm can be combined with a whole days
adventures and activities in the area. Our farm has it's own wooded and fields trails for hiking,
horseback riding, or cross country skiing in the winter for our Members. We hosted our first
Trail and Veggie Run in 2010, and now offer three seasonal races each year, spring, summer,
and fall which are open to our CSA members and the public. More info about farm offerings is
found on our
FAQ page. Please call ahead to schedule your visit so we can give you a tour and
have time to chat. Thanks!

- We have created the CSA Farm Program as we want to share our life on the farm with
others so they can experience the true nature of farming. We love the ability of connecting with
the people who put our food on their table so they can "Buy Local" and know they can trust their
food source. Most of the food consumers purchase can travel over 1500 miles until it gets to our
tables. We are within 60 miles of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul so your produce is freshly
picked and delivered the same day. When you Pick-Up on the farm we offer exchanges and
extras so you can get exactly what produce you love.

We offer the opportunity to our members to join us in the farm gardens with cultivating,
harvesting, or packing, and we offer our Treasured Haven Farm's Community Supported
Agriculture Supporting Community Program providing school, youth, and non-profit groups with
fundraising opportunities.

As the generations of our society become further removed from the farming lifestyle, it is
important to share with our young children and let them experience that our food does not just
miraculously appear in the grocery stores. A CSA is not just an avenue to purchase food, but a
way to connect with lost heritage. It is important to realize this distinction... we grow your
veggies in the rich soil of our fields, we do not simply order it up from some unknown place and
have it in a back room.

At Treasured Haven Farm, we seek to provide a total experience for our members by utilizing all
our diverse operations in providing quality products and the sharing of knowledge. Our farm is
unique as we offer other products from the farm in addition to the garden produce, such as
natural wood engravings and homesawn wood products, the opportunity to see lumber and
wood projects created from the logs, and to experience a genuine rural setting for hikes and
picnics and overnight stays, and in the future, use of the log home for your events or parties as
well as more educational events and retreats.

We also raise Naturally Grown Hay, Pastured Chicken and Eggs, Turkeys, and Pigs, and
Grass-Fed Goats and Beef, and create Custom Engraving.  Check the rest of our website for
details.

If you have any questions, we look forward to chatting with you!

Hopefully you can join our "farm community" and experience Treasured Haven Farm!

Have a Wonderfully Blessed Day!

Thanks!
The Johnsons






Links for more info:

General Information on Community Supported Agriculture CLICK HERE

Making the Decision about a CSA CLICK HERE


Why Is Community Supported Agriculture Important?

* CSA's direct marketing gives farmers and growers the fairest return on their products while
providing consumers with a reliable source of naturally and locally grown foods.

* CSA keeps food dollars in the local community and contributes to the maintenance and
establishment of regional food production. You help support those farming operations who pay
taxes locally.

* CSA encourages communication, cooperation, and education among farmers, and between
farmers and consumers.

* With a "guaranteed market" for their produce, farmers can invest their time in doing the best
job they can growing their crops rather than marketing during the production season.

* CSA supports the biodiversity of a given area and the diversity of agriculture through the
preservation of small farms producing a wide variety of crops.

* CSA creates a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land.

* CSA puts "the farmers face on food" and increases understanding of how, where, and by
whom our food is grown.
BUY LOCAL
from a genuine, hands-on,
multi-generational, family farm.
Your farmers live, work, and
breathe on this farm with limited
outside labor.
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Treasured Haven Farm
has had the honor to be
a Minnesota State Fair
CSA Farm of the Day
for many years.
Sustainable Living!
Treasured Haven Farm
is a member of the
LAND STEWARDSHIP
PROJECT
Produce Availability
Dates in Minnesota
Provided by Minnesota Grown
This is for all produce in Minnesota,
not just what we grow on our farm

Treasured Haven Farm
is a Proud Member of
MINNESOTA GROWN
A 1948 Allis Chalmers G joins
the roster on our farm team! It is
being restored by our son Zach
and will be used for cultivating
the rows of many veggies.
A Kubota Tractor with a small
tiller now makes quick work of
preparing perfect seedbeds.
Planting onion plants
and potatoes with the new
(used) planters in the field.
Treasured Haven Farm
320-358-3581
Treasured Haven Farm CSA
allows you to choose your size, frequency, options,
and price that best fit your household!
Order early to get the drop site and share of your choice!






All up to date pricing, share info, dates,
are on the step by step registration form linked above
for you to review with absolutely no obligation.

Contact Peg on the farm with any questions. Thanks!
SCROLL DOWN to understand the
PHILOSOPHIES of TREASURED HAVEN FARM
... and what motivates your farmers.
If you are already registered
for this year's CSA use our
ONLINE Shopping
for ordering additional add-ons.

Or use this
option to pay by check.
csa@treasuredhavenfarm.com